Sandy Mountain Festival celebrates its 45th year with winter-themed cheer in the middle of summer

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - The City of Sandy's parade float, winner of the Mayor's Trophy, featured city staff dressed as elves and Councilor Carl Exner as a khaki shorts-clad Santa Claus in this year's Sandy Mountain Festival parade. At the Sandy Mountain Festival this past weekend there were many a corn on the cob and a Bermuda-shorts-clad Santa Claus. For the 45th year of the summertime celebration, the festival committee chose a Christmas in July theme for the Thursday-night parade.

Many Sandy-area organizations turned out to kick off the festivities with their own rendition of a vacationing Father Christmas. The Local Buzz' float showcased a laid-back Santa getting a haircut, POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - The 4-H Muttsketeers club doned their four-legged friends in Christmas attire and took first place for best community float. Councilor Carl Exner sported a Hawaiian shirt and some khaki shorts with a beard and was accompanied by city staff dressed as elves. And another casually dressed Claus drove one of Wayne Stone Logging's trucks down Pioneer Boulevard.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - The Sandy Historical Society took the parade as an opportunity to remind locals of their pioneer heritage and about the museum's 10th anniversary celebration on Sept. 10. The rest of the week was jam-packed with family friendly events, such as the kids' pet show on Wednesday, followed by the city Parks and Recreation department's bike derby on Thursday and kids' parade on Friday.

In Meinig Park, more than 150 artists set up shop to sell their wares to festival goers, several bands provided toe-tapping tunes from the Dale Nichols Main Stage and nonprofit groups sold food and drinks to keep the energy high in the summer heat.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Geren's Farm Supply stuck to what they do best with a rural Americana-themed float in Thursday's parade. Members of the Sandy Kiwanis sold their famous Kiwanian bars — large ice cream bars covered in chocolate and chopped nuts, and Cub Scouts served a $5 meal deal and also frozen, chocolate-covered bananas, which one very enthusiastic scout advertised by yelling "Frozen bananas! Get them while they're not hot!"

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - More than 150 artists showcased their talents in Meinig Memorial Park this weekend during the Sandy Mountain Festival.Now the carnival rides and artists' tents have been packed away for another year, but only to be looked forward to until next year.

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